GOAL takes an integrated, systems approach to our work, recognising that singular solutions are rarely adequate to deal with the complexity of the challenges faced.
Underpinning this approach is a focus on the development of our safeguarding, approaches to localization and partnerships, innovation, and learning, monitoring and evaluation activities. Using these platforms to inform our strategy, decision making and contribution to the wider field of humanitarian and development work is core to GOAL programming.
Additionally, building organizational resilience focuses on our people, funding and systems to leverage coherence and greater resilience, which in turn will bring greater impact.
Safe, Accountable and Inclusive Programming
People Centred Programming
As an organisation committed to Safe, Accountable and Inclusive Programming (SAIP), we place people at the centre of our programs and ensure the safeguarding of children and adults. GOAL is fully accountable to those we work with. We are inclusive in our approaches to ensure that the barriers and mechanisms that prevent inclusion are understood and used to inform programming, to support those facing exclusion to participate in and shape their societies and have equitable access to goods and services.
• It means our programmes adapt and respond to the priorities, preferences and needs of those we engage with, and they promote equitable access and transformative change.
• It means that the people we work with are aware of and understand their rights and entitlements, and the behaviours they can expect from GOAL, and feel empowered to report their concerns.
• It means we seek out, listen and respond to feedback and concerns for our target groups in an appropriate, timely and survivor-centred manner.
• We aim to ensure that children and adults are safe from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of exclusion, abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm.
• We engage, collaborate and partner with others that share our vision of Safe, Accountable & Inclusive Programming to learn from and support one another.
GOAL will continue to strengthen its culture where all our staff and volunteers understand and embrace the importance of Safe, Accountable and Inclusive Programming, and embrace and honor GOAL’s values, behaviors and code of conduct.
Building Dynamic Partnerships and Localizing Approaches
Working in partnership drives smarter and more effective solutions. GOAL engenders a culture of dynamic engagement with a diverse range of partners and reaffirms its commitment to developing systematic best practice approaches to partnerships while maintaining the highest levels of good governance and accountability.
Reflecting on GOAL’s commitment to localization, GOAL will focus on building relationships with local partners focusing on their current expertise, while also collectively strengthening good governance and support structures, (financial/ and HR systems and program management). GOAL will prioritize strategic partnerships with government agencies and other local partners to strengthen early warning response systems for national disaster management, shock responsive social protection and resilient healthcare systems and services. GOAL’s approach to partnership will include the creation of a ‘Global Partnership Centre’ that will explore and develop new and evolving models of partnerships, such as:
• Identify local partners & agencies for strategic investment.
• Strengthen the leadership and governance of partner agencies to support their growth and development.
• Provide training, technical advice and guidance across a range of operational and programmatic functions.
• Facilitate and strengthen strategic networking and collaboration between partner agencies.
GOAL’s Global Partnership Centre will enable GOAL to move beyond ‘business-as usual’ so that engagement with partners will evolve from a focus on partners’ program management capacities to strengthening local leadership and decision-making.
Prioritizing a Culture of Innovation
GOAL defines innovation as a new perspective, idea, technology or process that leads to better solutions or improvements to resolve important challenges. An innovation should be more than just a good idea, something that can be validated in terms of its capacity to achieve change and can be replicated by others facing similar or related challenges and has the potential to achieve change at scale. Within the time frame of GOAL’s Strategy 2025, GOAL will:
• Develop GOAL’s newly launched Program Innovations Lab that builds on the success of GOAL’s Resilience Innovation and Learning Hub. With an innovation fund, the Lab will provide strategic guidance and support for innovation across GOAL.
• Explore and embrace new technologies and new technology partners to enhance our responses to crises, evidence and learning. GOAL will increase its support for innovation related to new technologies and develop new strategic corporate partnerships to progress this.
• Seek to increase grants that support innovation within GOAL programs. GOAL will set up an Innovation Fund that will be strategically allocated to support pilots.
Impact & Learning
Evidence and Learning at GOAL
GOAL has a strong commitment to evidence and learning, and with continued investment in a culture of learning and accountability and its MEAL infrastructure, GOAL’s ambition is to ensure we become a resilient organization prepared for the challenges of 21st-century crises.
Data driven decision making is critical for GOAL and we will invest in technologies and processes that enable the monitoring and collection of high-quality evidence from diverse sources, ensuring that evidence is regularly reviewed and used to inform courageous strategic decisions.
Within the time frame of GOAL’s Strategy 2025, GOAL will:
• Invest in the compilation, dissemination and circulation of GOAL’s programmatic learning internally and externally to our key stakeholder, donors and our broader networks.
• Further strengthen its evidence base through robust monitoring, rigorous evaluation and innovative research and piloting innovative technologies in GOAL’s MEAL units.
• Evolve its learning processes and knowledge sharing systems.
• Increase program impact through evidence-based leadership and strategic decisions that guides dynamic adaptations.